The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM), a prominent Taiwanese processor maker, announced that it expects to make “almost all” 28-nanometer chips made in 2013—a prediction many believe hints at a large-scale deal with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Apple uses the nanometer chips in its iPhone.
While not confirmed, Macnn reports it is likely that TSMC would build Apple’s next generation processor, currently produced by Apple rival Samsung.
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Meanwhile, TSMC plans on shelling out $9 billion on the 28-nanometer process, and rumors are that the Taiwanese-based company is shopping for facilities in the U.S. that would primarily be devoted to the manufacturing of Apple-designed processors. If true, the U.S. based manufacturing facility would be another notch on Apple’s belt as it tries to bring its advanced engineering jobs back to the states.
If and when news of this deal become official, expect these four stocks to see movement…